Riley released a series of singles for Sun Records in the mid to late 1950s, for which he is best known, though his career as a band leader and multi-instrumentalist lasted until his death in 2009. For your viewing pleasure, we’ve got a clip of Riley performing “High-Heel Sneakers” during what looks to be the mid-sixties at the Whiskey-a-Go-Go on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. This bluesy number updates his rockabilly sound with more 1960s garage rock fuzz, complimenting the attire of the audience, while Riley himself bears the menacing sneer that the Band’s Levon Helm would later perfect. Riley’s version of this track was released on his out of print 1964 album, Big Harmonica Special. Enjoy.
Billy Lee Riley, “High-Heeled Sneakers”
PS. If anyone finds a link to the aforementioned album, I’m very interested.